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>> top of the hour. suzanne malveaux. i want to get you up to speed. first this hour we're covering developments on two stories, first on the anniversary of the raid that killed osama bin laden word of a new potential threat -- body bombs. a source confirms there is new concerns about bombs being implanted in passengers on flights bound for the u.s. the other story, may day protests around the country and the world. here in the united states the occupy movement is behind the demonstrations. in other countries hunl crowds taking to the streets to mark international workers day. we'll have live reports from here and overseas. >> one year ago an elite team raided a compound in pakistan, killed the most wanted man in the world, osama bin laden. today on the anniversary of bid laden's raid we're learning about possible new threats including the use of bombs implanted inside the bodies of terrorists. susan candiotti is following the
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story for us. explain to us what this is about. >> steps are being taken to guard against a new threat involving body bombs possibly planted inside passengers on flights headed for the u.s. this is according to a u.s. government official with knowledge of the threat. however, a spokesman for the department of homeland security adds that dhs has no indication of any specific credible threats or plots against the u.s., tied to the one-year anniversary of bin laden's death. a source tells cnn the new information originated from overseas in the last two weeks and has been shared with various agencies and countries including the u.s. and the uk. suzanne. >> how does the united states, how does tsa, deal with this? we've been through all of this intimate screening now. do we think that is enough to protect ourselves from these terrorists coming through who have these bombs inside of their bodies? >> in fact, that's the question, isn't it.
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it's really unclear how much the united states and other countries for that matter, are able to detect it using the current technology. obviously it takes quite a lot to implant something like this, explosive inside someone's body. and also would be very unstable, very difficult to keep it inside and active and be able to carry out this kind of attack. >> do we think there are going to be extra security measures as a result of this information? >> certainly they have already been doing a lot given the fact that the timing here, the anniversary of osama bin laden's death. of course they would be and i'm told they are and have been adding additional air marshals on flights, in particular those heading from overseas to the united states. >> all right. thank you. to the may day protest, international workers day. demonstrations are under way
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across the country as well as around the world. you're looking here, this is new york. and then san francisco. istanbul, havana, moscow and hong kong. the protests in american cities are part of the occupy movement against corporate greed and economic inequality. it started on wall street, spread and organizers today are trying to rejuvenate this movement by joining the global demonstrations. we've got reporters live on the front lines of these protests. i want to go to poppy harlow in new york. what are you watching? >> reporter: a lot of people, a few hundred people here in bryant park. what we watched right after our last live shot with you at 12:00 was about half of the people that gathered here marching to 41st street to join a protest over immigration rights. we've got a lot of union members here, a lot of people fighting for immigration rights. you have people making signs saying let freedom spring. the message i heard since about
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7:00 in the morning is that the number one thing on the minds of these protesters is economic inequality and disparity. that is an issue in the election, you're hearing more talk about politics and washington than i did before covering this movement. another thing that i'm hearing is reaching out. this movement which i didn't see a lot of in the fall, is reaching out really to the masses, to the 99%, some of the people that may have been alienated from the movement but believed in the cause and some of the message. they are saying now the members of occupy that we won't succeed unless we are the 100%. you're seeing more of a mass outreach here. they are going to leave in about an hour and march straight down broadway to union square in lower manhattan. they are going to have a big rally with the union workers, then about 5:30 this afternoon they are going to march down to wall street. we're going to follow them down. you do have a much better turnout now than this morning when we saw 20 to 30 protesters.
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the weather has gotten better and it has picked up here. a lot of people i talked to think this is going to determine whether we see a resurgence of the movement. >> poppy, thank you. across the country now to dan simon in san francisco. dan, this was supposed to be a test for occupy's staying power. what do you see? >> reporter: well, we're expected to see some protests in the san francisco bay area this afternoon. there were concerns that protesters would try to come to the golden gate bridge where we are and shut down the bridge. there was a heavy police presence earlier in the day and they have left. you can see traffic moving fine here along the bridge. across the bridge in marin county, there were some problems when workers went on strike this morning. a couple of the ferry landings. it did cause some problems but service is expected to resume later in the day. we should note there were some problems last night in the city of san francisco in the mission
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district, protesters vandalized a few businesses. also targeted the local police station. but so far things looking good. we'll keep an eye on things as the protests pick up or kick off later this afternoon. >> thank you, dan. oversea as turnout in turkey. ivan watson is joining us from istanbul. describe for us if you will, you've got a diverse group of demonstrators where you are. >> reporter: that's right. people with tens of thousands of people with diverse messages, we have everything from leftists and com muist parties to laboren unions, to fans of soccer teams, to gay lesbian bisexual transgender groups, kurdish nation nationalist, even a group that could be described as islamic communists coming out to protest against capital ism. the agenda was diverse. protesting against abuse against
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women, against restricting labor rights here. against u.s. foreign policy in the middle east. and against turkey's government as well. for the most part this was a peaceful and festive rally, suzanne. and this has been a traditionally a politically tense holiday in turkey. these rallies were banned for 30 years and just made legal a couple of years ago. we didn't see any major instances of violence. a lot of people coming out to criticize their own government which is interesting when you look across the border to the east to iran, and to syria, where criticizing the government can land you in jail or much, much worse. >> ivan watson in istanbul, thank you. some of the stories we're covering, first, finding organ donors on facebook. a push by the social networking giant could change the face of medicine and save lives. >> details paint a dark picture
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i tell you what i can spend. i do my best to make it work. i'm back on the road safely. and i saved you money on brakes. that's personal pricing. i want to get you up to speed on top stories. on the first anniversary of the raid that killed osama bin laden word of another potential threat. body bombs. a source confirms there is new concerns about bombs being implanted in passengers on flights bound for the united states. a government official says steps are being taken to guard against this threat. also the fbi has arrested five people accused of plotting to destroy a bridge near cleveland.
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the suspects allegedly conspired to get their hands on explosives to build two bombs. they are charged with conspiracy and attempting to use explosives. agents say the material was not operational, that the public was never in danger. update your facebook status. now you can choose organ donor. it will appear with other personal information. the section called wealth -- health and wellness. mark zuckerberg made the announcement today. >> recently, when the tornados came through in missouri, a lot of people were using facebook to organize and return items lost. in japan people were using facebook to help locate friends and family. we figured could we do anything that would help people solve other issues like all of the people that need organ donation. >> pretty cool. delta airlines getting into the fuel business spending $150
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million to buy a refinery near philadelphia, by making its own jet fuel they hope to safrn ve million a year. >> out of england, rupert murdoch is not fit to run his company, that coming from british lawmakers investigating the phone hacking at murdoch's now defunct tabloid. >> everybody in the world knows who is responsible for the wrong doing. rupert murdoch. more than any individual alive, he is to blame. >> would you want to see a plane crash from inside the cabin as it happens? a tv crew, they wanted to and intentionally crashed a passenger jet in the desert. no one was hurt. the pilot ejected minutes before the impact and crash dummies were belted in as passengers.
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the series will explore questions how to make plane crashes more survivable. the episode is to air later this year on "the discovery channel." >> a wife said she agreed to live with a lie to help a friend running for president, that friend was john edwards now being tried on federal corruption charges. sherry young is back on the witness stand. her husband andrew is a former edwards campaign aide. she says it was edwards who told her using donations to pay his mistress's expenses was legal. d diane is covering the trial. good to see you as always with the inside scoop here. we know that sherry young is being cross-examined today. how is she holding up there and are they picking her apart? >> reporter: you know, among the
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press corps words like moxie and spunky have come up to describe her testimony. she is this little tiny woman that every other woman feels fat standing next to, you know. she is so full of dafr i say spunk. there were three main things so far. allen duncan is the defense attorney at this point in the game and he tried to get her to say she doesn't have a lot of firsthand knowledge about what has happened here. that she got most of her information from her husband and of course the defense has tried to smear his character. they continued in that vein through sherry young and some of her past statements. sorry, there is something very loud going by me here. he brought up the fact that during an interview with the fbi and other occasions, sherry young had talked about how her husband drank a lot in the time period of 2006-2007, when this so called cover-up was taking
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place. in addition he got her to admit that he, andrew young, also takes ambien to go to sleep and gets kind of loopy when he takes it. they were trying of course to show that maybe his memory was not so good once he was drinking so much. and taking ambien which of course you are not supposed to do. at one point sherry young said you know, i had to swallow a lot of things during this time period. and duncan jumped on that, he is a southern gentleman but he didn't let that pass. he said to her, all those things you had to swallow, didn't it cause you to want to take down john edwards and boy, she sat forward in her seat and she said, quote, sir, that is a completely false statement. i am here to tell the truth about my experiences and what happened. this has been a third of my life okay. i'm learning from my own mistakes, there is no hatred, i cannot live like that.
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sir. unquote. >> and diane, did she also talk about the money that they made as a couple from dealings with john edwards and even a possible movie or book deal coming out of all of this? >> reporter: that was another big point. a lot of the testimony centered on how much money they got from bunny mellon and fred baron, two of the biggest edwards supporters, what they did with it. and then the money they made from the book. how much did you make? she said i don't really know. mr. duncan brought forward a royalty check for $244,000, that was just one of the checks. then they brought up the issue of having a movie. and he said don't you hope to make significant money from that, significant income? she looked around, said income? for me? yeah, i'll take income. that will be good. everyone in the place laughed including the jury. they do seem to be a little disengaged today. juror number 10 has a very bad
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cold and he's sitting with a hankerchief over his face. juror number 2 is the most expressive. he is a financial consultant i notice from the jury questionnaire. and when mr. duncan started the cross-examination they brought up four huge boxes of files and that jury looked and smiled like oh, boy, here we go, the paper trail. so the cross-examination continues after lunch. >> do we think that they are doing a good job at punching holes in their testimony, in their character here when you look at sherry and andrew, or do people seem to be supporting them? do they still seem like they are credible as a couple? >> reporter: they seem very much in love as a couple. both of them talked on the witness stand about their deep love for each other in spite of all of the travails they had. do i think that they are believable?
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well, sherry young especially brings a real human element to this courtroom, like your next door neighbor, you lean across the fence to and talk to and gossip with. she speaks plainly but firmly at times, and you know, there is nothing like just being a plain old folksy person to get across to a jury, especially in a place like greensboro, north carolina. her husband one day especially had a lot of i don't know, i don't recall, i don't recollect, i don't remember. that never sits well with a jury. but sherry young, i do get the impression she is a real person that was struggling mightily to keep her family together during this tough time. she often talks about the cover-up and the senator did not come clean so we had to write the book. >> yeah. i mean, it's so fascinating to realize these two, their involvement in this. how a wife is able to actually
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agree to allow the mistress to come in and the husband to claim paternity and all of that. who is next on the stand here? do we know? >> well, we don't know. we don't -- we know she'll be on the stand the rest of the day. that was announced, the cross will take at least that long. you want me to guess, don't you. >> sure. guess. >> rielle hunter might be next. i don't think so. i think it will probably be bunny mellon's go between person, a man named brian hoffman, the one to whom she wrote checks and sent them to the youngs. i could be wrong. i'll tell you one thing. the judge ordered a new test in the courtroom with an audio system that can be put into an over flow room. because she's expecting a big crowd. so maybe rielle hunter. >> reading the tea leaves, could be. could be a sign of that.
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as always, thank you. we're going to get back to you and certainly find out if there is anything else from the courtroom later today and tomorrow. thanks, diane. good to see you. he was the face of evil for a decade, and not just for americans. >> i'll remember him as a terrorist, yeah, just as he was. >> we're going to hear more from people in pakistan about what they thought about osama bin laden. ture and humidity or the parts that purify the air. together these parts can cut your heating and cooling bills in half. which is quite comforting. and here's the best part... call now to get up to 1,375 dollars in rebates. or zero percent financing for 18 months on select lennox home comfort systems. offer ends june 15th. plus download our free lennox mobile app with an energy-savings calculator to show how much you'll save with a lennox system.
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today is the first anniversary of the death of osama bin laden. navy seals shot and killed him in pakistan. a new poll shows that no love lost for bin laden in the muslim world.
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only 13% of people in pakistan have a favorable view of bin laden. 55% have an unfavorable view, and 31% have no opinion at all. hearing first-hand what people think of bin laden. >> reporter: it's a year since the death of osama bin laden in pakistan is still criticized for being the country where the most wanted man in the world managed to hide for nearly a decade. it's no surprise many pakistanis have strong opinions about one of the most notorious men in history. in this segment of open mike we hit the streets of islamabad with this question -- how will you remember osama bin laden? >> is it rolling, hi mom. >> osama bin laden was a terrori terrorist. >> i'll remember him as a terrorist as he was. >> i will always associate him with the war on terror. >> he should not be remembered.
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>> i don't have any positive feeling about him. >> i don't want to remember him. why. >> i would remember him as a freedom fighter. >> as a freedom fighter maybe he was. other than that a nobody. >> in the case of afghanistan i believe a foreign country, they invaded a land, in my opinion aggression was committed on that land, and those people who were trying to retaliate i see them as freedom fighters including osama bin laden. that's my personal feeling. >> those people saying a freedom fighter wrong. >> what he did was right or jihad of any kind i believe it wasn't right at all. and i wouldn't agree with them, not in ten years or whenever. >> did we know him, we never knew him. we got to know him because of america. >> the u.s. foreign policy they need to sort that out. that's my opinion. they created a lot of mess around the world. >> if the you want to hear more comments from pakistanis about osama bin laden from the open
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atlanta. according to the japanese government, 70% of the debris sank after the tsunami. what do we think is going to wash up? >> millions of tons of stuff that's still out there. the lives of the people that were lost. there is japan, a very long trip around the eddies and the currents, things that were above water like that boat, like that fishing vessel that they sank a couple of weeks ago that were above water getting pushed by wind. now things that are kind of floating in the water moving along are now washing up in canada and eventually across the western portions of the u.s. let me show you the latest, a box, really a cargo box really. like you might see on the back of a truck. inside that box -- a harley-davidson motorcycle. that's kind of the part there, that white part. there is the motorcycle that had floated now all the way across the pacific. we know it was japanese because of that, look at the license
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plate. japanese writing on the plate, and now officials are looking to see if they can find out whether the person that owns that plate is still alive. obviously they have found no soccer balls, other things in this that they can't believe it floated all the way. it should have just gone down to the bottom. but there is so much other stuff out there that will eventually float onto the shores of u.s. and canada up into alaska and even to hawaii as it makes a big circle there in the north part of the pacific. you have to understand, the pacific ocean is almost half of the world. show your kids what the pacific ocean looks like. it almost covers the entire western half of the u.s. all the way -- you hardly see land. that's how far this has traveled and there is so much more to come on shore. >> chad, you can't help but see those pictures when you mention the soccer ball, something like that, thinking of the people. it's rather emotional if you see
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something like that, it arrives on your shore, that the lives that were lost during all of this. what do we know about these kind of artifacts of people's lives? are they saved? radioactive? what do we know? >> there is not much radiation in these articles that are coming across. it has a half life of eight days. 3 did find a study just produced, did find sees yum 131 in some of the kelp off california. that was a year ago in the eight days half life have eradicated that. it's all gone. we don't know what happened to some of the fish that ate some of that iodine 131, whatever it might be. there is a lot out there that we don't know yet. >> how long do we expect this is going to be washing up? >> for decades. >> is there any -- might sound strange -- any remnants of those who passed away, any human
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remains at all that would be washed up along with some of these items? >> that's really a hard thing to even for me to talk about because it's happened before. what you can go on line and you can search this, shoes wash up. tennis shoes that float. with people's bottom of their legs, feet still inside those tennis shoes. we haven't seen anything from this tsunami but it's happened before as they landed in the canadian shores before. it's something you can't think about. >> thank you so much, chad. the market flooded with amazing deals right now so why is homeownership at a 15-year low. what it means for the value of your house. that's up next. does aspirin even work on headaches?
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owning a home might be cheaper than in a while but low prices, they aren't enticing buyers. homeownership for americans at its lowest point in 15 years.
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allison, are we becoming essentially a nation of renters? >> i don't think we're getting that far over sort of that pendulum swinging that far. most people own homes but that number of people is falling. that home enership rate you mentioned in the first three months this year fell to about 65% so that's the lowest level in 15 years, and that rate could slip more. it's noteworthy because this could be a prime time to buy a house because loans and houses are pretty cheap right now considering. mortgage rates are close to record lows. home prices are at their lowest since 2002. it means owning is cheaper than renting in many places. so it's a buyer's market. just not everybody's looking to buy right now. >> how much is from the recession? >> there is a huge link with that. what's happening with housing right now has really everything to do with the recession. most economists will tell that
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you the housing market is still depressed and it doesn't help that accessing credit, getting credit is still really tough because lending standards are much tighter now. and those no money down loans where you didn't have to put down money, those are a thing of the past. also, people aren't in a rush to buy these days because these housing prices actually are falling more. many wait for a bottom before they think they can get the best price they can. you have to remember there is a weak job market. people don't buy if they don't feel confident that they are going to keep their job or they don't have the confidence in the economy. that's not there in a strong way. >> any idea who is buying homes now? >> you can look at a breakdown. when you look at it you see that whites and asians and native hawaiians and alaskans had the highest rate above 50%. homeownership for hispanics and blacks, the rate is lower because housing is tied to the job market as i said.
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blacks and hispanics have higher unemployment rates, they are at more than 10% so it makes it harder for them to buy homes. suzanne. >> everybody trying to chase the american dream, own a home and it's difficult right now. >> it is. >> thank you. appreciate it. it's not just about elmer's glue, it was about raising creative kids. i'm going to talk to actor david arquette about his passion, saving school art programs. [ pilot ] flying teaches me to prepare for turbulence. the key is to have a good strategy. the same goes for my retirement.
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this weekend i bumped into this guy, david arquette, director, producer, actor and of course, recently on abc's dance dancing with the stars joining us live from los angeles to talk about his innovative nonprofit nonpartisan group, about fighting for more arts in our schools. david, great to see you again. thanks for joining us. you and i talked about this. >> good to see you. >> i know this is one of your passions. tell us why this is important to you, the role of arts in schools. >> well, arts is our second largest export in america. and we're just trying to inspire people. i'm here with the creative coalition, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that sports the arts and entertainment community. and there's been studies that have shown that kids that are exposed to the arts have more of a chance of graduating high school, going on to college.
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you know, the arts help drive $166 billion of revenue for america and employs 5 million people. and with an additional 3 million people in the distribution and creation of art. so, it's just a really important topic. you know, in america we may not be the country that can produce the most and compete with china for instance, but we can come up with the creative ideas, the new inspiration. everything that goes into an ipad, everything that fills up a walmart, that's furniture and clothing, all of that has design elements and that comes from the creative mind. >> how do people do something about this? you've got these budgets and all these school systems are totally squeezed and look to the arts programs and they are often the first ones that are canceled. what can folks do?
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>> well, they can speak out. they can express how important it is to them. the creative coalition.org has started a program called the arts corps where 50 members are going to go to their individual hometowns and express to the superintendent of the school, the mayor of the town, the politicians, the parents, that how important art is. and how important -- see, i'm doing a travel show right now for the travel channel, and i've been going around the world. one thing i noticed is that america is winning in the cultural war. in the arts war. you know, we are innovators, we come up with new ideas, we create these businesses that generate billions of dollars for our country. it's really important to give people inspiration. for me, i was running around town a graffiti artist kind of like a little lost, and i got
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directed into the arts, into doing plays, into do iing fine t with beautiful teachers that inspired me to then go on and seek a career in the arts. >> hey, david, what do you think would have happened to you if you had not been actually directed in that direction where you were still doing graffiti art. you think you would have remained lost? what do you think would have happened to you? >> well, i mean, teachers are so important. and i would love to see them, you know, have more funding and focus. part of what we're trying to do is inspire people not to cut the national endowment for the arts. and the current budget obama has 1$154 million set aside for it. that's an $8 million increase from last year and even though that doesn't seem like a lot, it is an increase. and anybody sort of in congress
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or the house of representatives and the senate don't want to increase the budget at all. we're just trying to inspire them and tell them that it is an aspect of our economy. it's the second largest export. >> you have clearly done your home work on this subject. the last that a lot of us saw you here was "dancing with the stars," and a lot of folks want to know what is next for you? what's your next big gig? >> i've got a show coming out on the travel channel that should come out in the fall. i have cougar town that i'm executive producing with my production company and my ex, courtney cox, that's on tonight on the abc. >> wow. okay. a little shameless plug. what is that like? tell us what that's like to work with your ex-wife. >> it's incredible. you know, what it does, we work really well together and she's
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incredibly talented but what we also do is employ a lot of people. and that's sort of the halo effect with the entertainment industry in general. you know, you help support dry-cleaners and lumberyards and transportation and, you know, hotels, restaurants. with the internet as big as it is and you know, video games and all of this requires design and technology and technology is really the creation of art. that's sort of what we're saying and trying to get out there. really express to people that it's so important. it saved my life. >> wow. well, that's a very powerful message. david, thank you for being with us. i can't let you go because i know there are a couple of people on my team want to know if you are dating or what your status is. >> oh, my god. i am. i'm dating a lovely girl named
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christina. >> thank you for answering that. and happy birthday early birthday to your 8 yorld daughter cocoa. thank you very much, david, appreciate it. >> next time you get on facebook to update your status, single, in a relationship, you can choose organ donor as an option. find out why this is so significant to the donor community. x6v5/2ñ'?,?.surc?q6vc:'v4/&wooo v[ñ?ñ=k-r;ñ9rcv1i[aorowv-s÷73vu?
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new study find as commonly used pesticide affects some child brain development p. it's still being used commercially on crops. columbia university study looked at children 6 to 11 all given mre scans. knows who had higher than normal exposure had either too much or too little growth in the areas of the brain associated with attention, emotion, behavior, even iq. a spokesman questioned the small study. an update to your world, it is organ donor. >> recently -- all the people who need offer began did he nation. >> elizabeth conan is joins us.
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this looks like a cool idea that this is an issue that affects so many people. what do we know about the community, what do we know about? >> the medical community is definitely excited about this because more than 114,000 people in in country are waiting for or begans, t organ, wait can be so long. 100 million people die every day waiting for organs -- or 100 million are on the registry, 18 people die every day waiting for an organ. and those are terrible numbers. and sadly there are plenty of people who die and those organs are buried with them chen thwhe could be on donated. so they hope this helps bring those numbers down. >> it doesn't fishily put you on the the list? >> you you put it on your time line and then that will bring you to a website where you can
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actually go and register. you have to put your name down and give information. it doesn't just happen by putting it on your time line. you click on your state and it's very easy. the second they think that you don't absolutely have to do but that you should do is tell your next of kin because god forbid you're in a car accident, they see your organ donor card, a good chance they'll still ask your next of kin if it's okay. so make sure your next of kin know that you want to be an organ donor. hopefully they're your facebook friend and they already know. >> is there a sense of why more people don't register? >> i'm going to tell you a story that art caplan told me. he was in line to get a refuel for his license in pennsylvania and he told the woman i want to be an organ dounor. and she said are you sure, if you go to the hospital, they might kill you early. that's a terrible thing to have
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said. but some people feel they'll push you over the edge so they can have your organs. that's so not true. if you do die and they can use your organ, you will save seven lives. so that's the reason to sign your organ donor card. >> pancreas and heart and kidneys, et cetera, your lungs, and you can save even more if you're donating cartilage, you can save someone's sight if you're donating corn i can't say. we can be useful after our dw death. >> thank you so much. yesterday we told you about a six month old girl with a rare incurable genetic disorder. her parents made a bucket list. a list of things to do before her death. it went viral on democratic line. on the list, weak up smiling, eat a cupcake, play with play dough. we're sad to report that little avery has passed away. one of her lungs collapsed and she went into cardiac arrest. her father made the bucket list
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>> the violence escalating in parts of mexico and the number of security firms is also glowing. and a big part of their business
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is showing you how to defend yourself. >> reporter: an armed robbery in broad daylight but in a fraction of a second, at assailant is subdu subdued. >> you have to watch hands and eyes all the time. >> reporter: a former officer in the mexican army with training an intelligence, tactics and weapons, nine years ago, opened the vip protection, a firm that provides security for foreign executives and high proceed file clients. >> they say, okay, we need security. i need bodyguards, i need guards in my home. i need technology for my car, i need security in my home. >> reporter: he says the number of security firms tripled to more than 500 as violence increased exponentially in the
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last few years. >> now we'll demonstrate a situation in which i'm a politician at a public event and all of a sudden i'm attacked. let's do it. and in in scenario, i'm an armed criminal about to commit a robbery. give me your money. >> take it easy. i'm cooperating. take my wallet. >> that was past. >> reporter: he even offers different kinds of armored vehicles. good we're looking at a 2010 level 5 security anti-ballistic suburb suburban. >> reporter: i was noticing hat w that the windows glass is extremely thick. >> it is also level five, resistant to a .45 caliber weapon.thick. >> it is also level five, resistant to a .45 caliber weapon.
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railroaded and th . >> reporter: and they offer vehicles equipped with a panic button. >> you just have to press for three seconds and they will be september sent a signal with that. >> reporter: also reinforced concrete barriers. of course not all scenarios are life threatening. it may be an unwelcome handshake. rafael romo, cnn, mexico city. cnn newsroom scontinues. >> huge day of news. first breaking today, will this terror plot here at home. the feds say a group of anarchists are no in custody accused of wanting to blow up this bridge in ohio. we're told this plan included skrchlt-4 explosives, ieds, the target here, a four lane bridge in cleveland.
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there it is. get this, the fbi says it controlled the plot the entire time. and the public never in danger. so coming up, more on this alleged plot and how they planned to distract police. but first let's go to romney and giuliani speaking at a fire department in new york. >> i think they really enjoyed the pizza the governor brought for them. so i think they had a very good time and i hope the governor did. thank you. >> thank you, mayor. thank you so much. good to be here with mayor giuliani and obviously he's a man who is respected and admired by the members of this station, the mayor indicated that some 11 men lost their lives on 9/11 from this station. this is a place of significance for the people of morning but also the people much our country and i wanted to come here today and was happy to be here with the mayor and express our appreciation to the the men and
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women who serve in the firefighters and among first responders here in new york and to acknowledge the special place that will is. i also remember being with the mayor on december 24th, christmas eve, 2001 just a few months after 9/11. the owe him tick porch that was on its way from greece actually, and then through atlanta and then coming to new york was wroug brought into the city. we brought it in by boat and the familieses of some of the victims of the 9/11 firefighters and police joined us on that boat. we tack the olympic flame and went out into the harbor, we stopped in front of the statue of liberty and all sang god bless america together and there were hugs and teared that were shed there and then we brought the boat back to the harbor, back to the dock, and took the torch and the mayor actually ran
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the torch that day, ran the torch across the ice at rockefeller center and then we lit a caldron and it burned here in new york city for a day on december 25th. so it's an honor to be here with the mayor, toing a knowledge they'll men and women who serve as our first responders who rush to danger as opposed to rushing from it and this this of course is on the anniversary of the day when osama bin laden finally was taken out and we respect and admire the many people who were part of that, from the president who authorized that attack to the intelligence community that worked on it for so many years to identify where he was, and of course to the members of our armed services, particularly s.e.a.l. team 6 that took the extraordinary risk of going into pakistan and removing one of the world's worst characters. so with that, we're happy to take any questions you may have.
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[ inaudible question ]. >> of course i would have ordered taking out osama bin laden. of course. will this this is a person who had country done terrible harm to america and represented a continual threat. had i been president of the united states, wouldi would have the same decision to remove him and i acknowledge that had a year ago when this was announced that the president deserved credit for the decision he made and i continue to believe in a and certainly would have taken that action myself. sorry, pardon? [ inaudible question ] no, i think i said the same thing as vice president then, joe biden, which was it was naive of the president to announce he would go into pakistan. we always reserve the right to go anywhere to get osama bin laden. i said that very clearly in the response that i made. but that i thought and many people believed as i did that it was naive on the part of the
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president at that time, the candidate, to say he would go in into pakistan. it was a, if you will, fragile and flammable time in pakistan and i thought it was a mistake of him as a canned ddidate to announce that he would go this. rather to say rewe reserve the right to where we feel appropriate and to track osama bin laden anywhere he can be found. i'm sorry, i can't quite hear you. [ inaudible question ] i think it's totally appropriate for the president to express to the american people the view that he has, that he had an important role in taking out osama bin laden. i think politicizing it and trying to draw a distinction between himself and myself was
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an inappropriate use of the very important event that brought america together. which was elimination of osama bin laden. [ inaudible question ] the mayor and i had a very nice chat this morning. we talked about the progress the city is making. it's extraordinary story about the number of murders that are down, economic revital stailgttf the city. you have to look at what the city has done and it's just a, are aable place doing a superb job from everything he reported. there were numbers that were surprising to me, he described the fact that the life expect tansity of a new yorker is three years longer than the life expect tansity of an average american. that's not something most people would recognize, but this is a great city. >> than yk you very much, governor. [ inaudible question ]. >> i did not. thanks, you guys. >> and there you have it, governor romney and giuliani,
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certainly one of the faces of 9/11, one of the fire stations. in a particular fire station lost 11 brothers on 9/11. so he did take a couple quick questio questions and you heard him praise the president. >> if he wants to a credit for it, i have no problem for that at all. i wish he wouldn't use it as a source of negative campaigning. i think that's a mistake. and he's mischaracterizing what mitt romney said. mitt romney said it shouldn't be our own priority. and i assume to recall candidate obama said the same thing. of course it shouldn't be our only priority. that would be a mistake. . >> i didn't know you were still here. we'll keep battling. thanks. >> good luck. >> hangs thanks. >> as i said, some people disagree, he certainly has a right to take credit for it and i give him credit for it. i don't think he should use it
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as a source of negative campaigning and i do believe that the negative part of it is totally inaccurate. i think it's quite clear that mitt romney, in-else would have made the same decision president obama made. now, he gets credit for it because he could woo have gotten blamed if it went wrong, but he shouldn't imply that mitt romney wouldn't have made the same decision. hang you. [ inaudible question ]. >> i just repeat what i said before. i think president obama is entitled to credit for it. i don't think he should use it as a source of negative campaigning. hang you. just want to make sure he's not going back. okay. halves that was an interesting moment. governor romney went one way, the mayor remained behind. he, too, was asked about will this issue, came is the one year anniversary of the taking out of osama bin laden. and so sechinessentially mitt r
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said he praised the intelligence committee and s.e.a.l. team 6. he qualified by saying had he, mitt romney, been president, of course, we heard the phrase of course yesterday at the rope line there in massachusetts, of course i would have ordered taking out osama bin laden. this has come to light because of this obama re-election campaign ad that we saw within the last 48 hours or so in which they ultimately questioned at the very end would mitt romney have made the same decision and mitt romney had questioned in the past perhaps the time, the billions of claurs. so mitt romney at the very end saying the president should not be using this as a source of negative campaigning and rudy giuliani echoing that, as well. but clearly this has become a campaign issue and here we are, first anniversary of the death of osama bin laden and the united states has dispatched air marshals overseas in the face of possible threats to flights bound for america. anti-terror agents are on alert
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for possible threats from this saudi-born terrorist. he is al-asiri. he is a man who crafted the bomb concealed in an airline passenger's underwear caught fire. remember that was christmas day, 2009 on a flight that was approaching detroit. also created another brand of bomb designed to trump even the most advanced security screening, a so-called body bomb. and nic robertson is working the story for us. just so i'm clear on this, authorities are saying there's no specific threat, but they've been beefing up security on flights from the u.s. or to the u.s., oversea, vice versa. what are we talking about here? i'm correct in saying body bombs, yes? >> body bombs. a body inserted into the rectum containing perhaps 100 millig m milligrams of the highly
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explosive pe. the department of homeland security did say there is no indication of a specific or credible threat at this time, but it ththis was a bottom put together by this very technically expert bombmaker, he also made the printer bombs that were sent out from yemen in in 2010 that almost got aboard planes flying to the united states, almost came close taking them down. so when there's a warning that he might be working on this again or the idea, that's why we see it being taken seriously. that's why we see this extraordinary additional security measures being taken to ramp up security. so the people are aware of it. so it doesn't catch anyone by surprise. but again, no indication of credible specific threat at this moment. >> i do want to talk more about al-asiri.
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you have done reports on this bombmak bombmaker. he's already used one of these body bombs and it came pretty close to working. this is from february. >> reporter: master bombmaker, a 29-year-old saudi, is both imagine difference and ruthless. in this al qaeda video, the man wearing the red is his brother, abdullah. the brothers are saying their last good-byes because abdullah is departing on a suicide mission. inside his body is a bomb made by his brother. wi this is the aftermath. abdullah dead, his target, a powerful saudi prince who has close ties to the white house, injured. >> so i'm getting this straight,
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his brother finagles this meeting, he turns up with a bomb implanted in his own body and the saudis couldn't detect it? >> an even bigger scam than that. he sent his brother to meet the head of saudi counterterrorism on the premises in a abdul larks the g abdullah urks the guy with the bomb inside him, is turning himself into the saudi authorities and the saudi authorities believed it. and allowed him to get that close to this hugely influential and important figure the son 69 interior minister. so it was an incredible scam that they did. and they were lucky that the saudi prince only had some minor injuries. >> so here's what i'm wondering. if this bomb elouded that skirt
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can it elude airport security? >> i think we can be reasonably sure there wasn't airport style security as he walked about into the body like body scanners. we don't know that for sures but probably at a pribs's house probably unlikely. a lot of security guards, but perhaps if they patted him down, they wouldn't have felt anything untoward. that's the problem with a body bomb. the difficulty for security officials at airports is they're the technology that can prevent somebody with a broody bomb getting on the aircraft. and the way they're dealing with it is they immediate intelligence pore to say as they got with those bombs information intelligence active pore intelligence that gives them enough time to stop this this operation while it's happening. and that's what they'll rely on here. the technology at the airport may not be robust must have to
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stop this bomb getting through. there has to be tipoffs coming in it. >> to underline your point, as we talk about body bombs, no specific threat. nic robertson, preerlappreciate reporting from london. it is may day and that means taking to the streets to protest for better wages. take a look. in the united states, bringing will revival of the occupy wall street movement, we're talking from morning to los angeles, we'll take you live to the ground, check in with the kreeb this is search is on for a blind dissident. >> this gives you an indication of just how security take this issue and the lengths they will go to to stop us trying to tell the story.
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i tell you what i can spend. i do my best to make it work. i'm back on the road safely. and i saved you money on brakes. that's personal pricing. anger over the state of the economy boiling over all around the world. annual may day protests merging with the occupy wall street movement. thousands rallying to protest rising unemployment and demand workers rights. here in the u.s., you may have thought the occupy movement had passed along, but today, no, a totally new theme. a day without the 99%, no work, no shopping, no banking. they want you to know what life
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would be like without the 99. we want to begin in california. we have casey wian out there just outside l.a.x. set the scene for me. >> reporter: here's what's happening. what we have is about 100 folks who have gathered. he's protests tors started gathering very early this morning here in los angeles. what they're upset about is the fact that some of these airlines who operate here are using nonunion workers to do things like clean airplanes, to do things leak push passengers in wheelchairs. some of those nonoperational functions. s unions are saying they're providing substandard wages for these people. they've joined with the may day occupy protesters. they are anticipating 1,000 folks will arrive here and try to occupy the international
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terminal here at los angeles international airport. of course police are waiting for them, they are not anticipating that a there will be any problems here, the two sides have been talking to each other. then later in the day, they'll march to an intersection near here and try to shut down that intersection and they say about 18 different protesters have agreed to engage in some sort of civil disobedience, so perhaps we may see some arrests later today. >> casey, let me jump in. why do they want to do that? >> trying to get their message across that they want unionized workers here, they want higher wages for working people and they want to gets a much noise and attention as they possibly can. of course the danger in that is
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angering people. disrupting travel at the airport. and this is the international terminal. at least half of the folks coming in and out of here are not u.s. citizens. so it is a risk because if someone's flight is delayed, they might blame these protesters for that. so far officials say there have been no significant disruptions to travel. but we have not seen the numbers. >> we'll be watching that with you both the plans to okay fight international terminal and stopping traffic at that intersection. in a will certainly get people's attentions. thank you. i want to turn now to dan simon who clearly it's a different scene behind you. i'm assuming you're at the golden gate bridge from which from what i understand was supposed to be occupied and by the looks of things, it is not. >> reporter: that's right. we didn't see it happen. people threatened to shut down the golden gate bridge over the last several days.
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they did not agree to wogo to w today, they were out there with picket signs so people who live in the communities had to find an alternative way to get to work this morning. there were problems last night in the mission district of san francisco, protesters took to the streets about 9:00 at night, smashing windows and going to various businesses, spray painting graffiti, that kind of thing. we are expecting to see some protests occurring throughout the san francisco bay area today as well as here in the city of san francisco. we'll keep an eye of things and let you know if anything happens. >> dan, thank you. meantime, let's hop over to new york on poppy harlow where i know that's where the occupy
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movement was born. you've covered this for month and months. it's a pretty fixed scene behind you there. get to the crux of today. people think the movement was dead. i imagine the folks behind you say say not so. >> reporter: and when we were here at 7:00 a.m., there were just a few people. but it has grown so much. what you're seeing is a tail end a march to union square that started about 20 minutes ago. i just asked the organizer of today how many people do you think are in it this march. he said he thinks about 1,000. that is a guess. i'm not sure. but i would say at least 500 at this point heading down to union square. they'll gather there. of rage a machine just got here. they'll gather with the union and then walk this evening down to wall street and it's anyone's guess what will happen at wall street. i talked on one of the occupy members about sort of why
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they're joining this international workers day, why they're joining with the unions. just to bring a mass appeal to the movement. he had an interesting answer. take a listen. >> all the different issues that particular organizations are working on we see as all connected as part of the larger system of injustice sis that we're protesting. and hopefully through working together, you know, and the shared experiences, all of our politics and understanding of the world will develop together and get us to the point where we can wibuild the new world we wa for see. >>. >> reporter: and the real focus here, a lot of criticism of will this movement in the fall, but the message was not cohesive, all sorts of different things they were protesting. instead they are protesting for different thing, but over and over today, i have heard income enequality, economic disparity. and a lot about politics and the elect and they're really going to hold politicians feet to the
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fire. that's a change in the dialogue. >> so it sounds like similar messages, similar themes through these last couple months. bottom line, do they feel like they've gotten something out of this, have they been successful? >> reporter: they think they've changed the conversation, but their aim is to change laws and that's the real sticking point. one of the people that also leads this said to one of our producers we spend so much time and so much effort fighting the protests, not as much effort gets put into changing laws and making those changes. that will be the decider. they don't have a location like zuccotti park. they won't do it this every day and they do have the power of the unions behind them, so how do they gallvanize to continue this wiwill on. but there is a lot of energy behind will the movement. 3:00, we'll join you from the next location. >> so they've changed the
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conversation and they want to change laws. we'll see if they do it. bullied, blackmailed? that is one british leader's of how rupert murdoch operates his business. plus an old house, an army tank and an event neighbors will be talking about for years. look at this. that's next.
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five men accused of planning to blow up cleveland targets appearing in court today. these men here are a band of self described anarchists.
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investigators say they con fispd to get the ieds who just happened to be undercover for the fbi. >> law enforcement took swift action based on intelligence and undertook a myriad of techniques no n. order to eliminate the risk are of violence and protect the public. next to the john edwards fraud trial. the wife of his former presidential campaign aide could face cross-examination today and there a possibility sherry young's emotional testimony could compel edwards to at that time stand in his own defense. young testified yesterday that edwards sternly reassured her that using money to hide his affair was legal. and british lawmakers blast rupert murdoch over the phone hacking scandal saying he is not fit to run a major international company. take a listen. >> everybody in the world knows who is responsible for the wrongdoing at news corp.
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rupert murdoch. more than any individual alive, he is to blame. >> regulators are studying the panel's findings and could force murdoch to sell a controlling stake, specifically bskyb. and no diplomatic immunity for dom meek strauss-kahn, on a civil lawsuit can move forward. the suit was filed by that hotel maid in man hat hatta hahattan him of sexual assault. his attorneys say it was consen consensu consensual. dna evidence clears an arizona man wrongly convicted of a rape and murder. he actually cracked a joke after 18 years in a prison cell, 18 years, a lot for him to catch up on like computer, smart phones, texting. he says he plans to live with a
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pen pal sweetheart he met a year ago. the evidence points to another man who is already in prison for a similar crime. a memorial for mike wallace, former colleague, friend, family member, they all gathered together in new york just a couple of blocks from the cbs offices where wallace worked. wallace died last month at the age of 93. and you need to tear a house down? cranes so last year. but this 150-year-old house, this is no match for a tank. it's a tank taking this thing down. the population of casoto, minnesota almost doubled for saturday's spectacle. mission dem mission li accomplished. say that five times chance. and more on chen guangcheng
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just if into us, geerting word that three land mine casings were found in a woman's luggage today at newark liberty international airport in new jersey. we're told the security alarm did go off when this will women's suitcase went through. two of the three casings were packed with shrapnel, but no explosives. the woman said she was attending an explosives demonstration. she was rebooked on a different flight without those weapons. we've been telling you the chinese government going to great lengths to keep a lid on
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chen guangcheng's escape. state rolled news outlets have ignored the story all together. fellow activist said chen climbed a wall, crossed a creek before meeting a car at rendezvous point. remember he's blind. his escape from house arrest is very embarrassing to the chinese government and it could put his family in danger. our own stan grant hopped in a car, traveled to chen's hometown to try to talk to them. instead, he and his driver got locked in this intense and sometimes quite frightening game of cat and mouse. take a look. >> reporter: it seems fast a car is following us. we've turned down withis dirt rd and we'll try to lose heim. trying to get to chen guangcheng'sville annu village. the area is in lockdown. guards visible still today.
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new chen's escape to beijing, reportedly hiding in the u.s. embassy. this is where chen supporters say his family is being held. we want to speak to them, but we don't even get close. a car is quickly on our tail. we've picked up a local driver. he took a lot of convincing. he knows about chen but knows the risks. yes, i've heard of him he says, local people should know of him. he campaigned against family planning policy. we've been driving for about 20 been for chen gang chuangcheng e managed to escape. our driver is becoming more nervous. he won't slow down. we go down dirt roads, past local markets. it gets dangerous, sometimes ending up on the wrong side of
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the road. the cat and mouse game is continuing. we're back in our car. that same vehicle pulled out and they're following us again. finally our driver's had enough and pulls other than. we' we're left by the side of the road. we get the sense people here are scared. i'm just a truck driver will this machine insists. i don't know what's coming in on. no sooner are we inside another car, the chase is back on. this gives you an indication of just how security securitakes t issue. when we stop, they stop. where we go, they go.
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we stop at a local watermelon stand. hope to throw them off the scent. no chance. watching on the same black car, at no point have the people inside identified themselves, watermelon in hand, we decide to ask some questions. is this about chen guangcheng? i don't know who chen guangcheng is but you've been following us the entire way. we don't get back to our car before at the pounce. eventually we get free. chen guangcheng those too well, in china, security doesn't give up so easily. stan grant, cnn. thank you for that. still ahead, what happens to your debt when you die? you're about to hear what
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happened to one family when a college student dies after an accident. plus a bizarre twist in the search for a 6-year-old girl who disappeared right out of her own bedroom. miles away from that home, we're getting away that someone broke in to a home in the middle of the night and sexually assaulted one young girl. at least one. is there a connection here? we'll talk to the investigator next.
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could is been suspected of breaking into a tucson home and molesting one of these three little girls inside, could it be connected to the disappearance of isabel celis? this is a man they're looking for. a man in his 20s, short hair. wears glasses. it happened just ten miles north of isabel's home. investigators say they are not completely ruling out the possibility that the two cases
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could be connected. >> obviously everybody's very concerned about this. given the current state of awareness in this community in that we've had a young 6-year-old girl abducted from her home, this really rings near and dear and close to our hearts. it troubles all of us here. >> i want to bring in dawn washi barkman. thank for coming on. i want to begin with the alleged sexual assault. we're talking about these three little girls. initially there were reports that all three were molested. now we're hearing one of three. what happened? >> well, what i can tell is you that the three girls are visiting here in tucson with their mother, they're visiting grand parents house. they were sleeping in the same room. and sometime in the middle of the night, before 2:00 in the morning, a strange man entered the bedroom, woke all three of the children up, basically told them that he was a friend of the mother's and that he wasn't going to hurt them and he
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sexually assaulted one of the children before leaving the house. >> so he said he was a friend of their mother's, but he said he was a strange man. so none of these little girls recognized this guy? >> that is correct. and as soon as he left, the 10-year-old immediately went into the mother's room and explained what had happened, reported to her mother what had happened. >> how is she doing? >> well, it's a very emotional dispaging situation for these girls of course. they weren't hurt physically, but emotionally, will ththey ha things to overcome. >> you're working this particular story and i have to ask, and let's throw the map up, you see where iz lael bell ciles' home is. ten miles east of this molestation. where are you all in term of the possibility that these two are connected? have you ruled it out or no?
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>> well, it's not likely that the two cases are connected, but we're not completely ruling it out either. we have detectives working with our detectives on these cases to determine if abothere are any similarities. we're hoping that with crime tips that we're receiving, we will have dishlg leads and we'll be able to determine who this suspect was that entered it this home. >> and i know it's tucson police are the major jurisdiction missing the celis case. do you have any news on that? >> the tech difference detectiv closely with them, but i don't have news on that case. >> quickly let's put up again the skrech of tetch of the susp. what more you can tell us, anymore details you can offer on
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this man? >> just that he was last saeen wearing dark colored shorts, green sleeveless shirt. the rimmed glasses. we're hoping anyone who has any information will call 911 or 88-crime. >> thank you and good luck. the search is on for one of two men who set fire to a bar after being kicked out and surveillance cameras caught the whole thing. that's next. or creates another laptop bag or hires another employee, it's not just good for business, it's good for the entire community. at bank of america, we know the impact that local businesses have on communities. that's why we extended $6.4 billion in new credit to small businesses across the country last year. because the more we help them, the more we help make opportunity possible.
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this is just outside a war, houston, texas. you see these two guys, setting a fire for the bar while folks are inside barricaded from within. police say these men were upset because they were thrown out of the bar for fighting. so what do they do, the pair return with a can of gasoline, douse the entrance and started the fire. and you can see the whole thing was caught on april. in the end, everyone inside got out okay. one of these mwas arrested. the other still on the run. coming up next, what happens to your debt when you die? is that something you've ever thought about? listen to this story. a college student dies. his father still on the hook for his son's college loans. the bank says we want your money. but suddenly the bank makes a surprising move.
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what happens to your debt when you die? i know it's a bit of a morbid question, but in some cases like private student loans, the debt very much so lives on and that was the case for the parents of christopher brisky. he was 23 when he fell 45 feet, suffered a traumatic brain injury that kept him in a coma for two years. fast forward to 2006, he died and that is when key bank began contacting this young man's father who co-signed on his loan to pay back the 30 some thousand
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dollars christopher sell owed. they asked key bank to forgive the loans as federal student lenders do, but key bank refused. and then they started and online petition. 80,000 signatures later, key bank for gave the loan just this past week, six years after christopher's passing. and joining me now is christopher's brother, ryan. i have a brother. i cannot imagine. i'm sorry about your brother. but tell the story. take me back to 2004. you are obviously i'm sure coping with with the news, your brother is in it this coma and phone calls begin from the bank. what are they asking of you or your father? >> to speak with my brother, which was not a possibility. in his case, so he was severely injured, he couldn't speak, he couldn't hear, he couldn't see. he couldn't move. he was completely incapacitated and disabled. and in response to those calls, we would send guardianship paperwork which my parents had
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to acquire through the courts system. we would accept we would send them letters from the neurosurgeons stating his condition. and the calls continued regardless. i'm sorry, we can't speak with you, we can only speak with christopher. what part he can't speak can't they understand. two years later of calls and mail addressed to help, they finally got the death certificate and still even that didn't stop the calls and the demands for repayment. >> so let me ask you you this. up to that point, your dad, your brother previous to being in a coma, they had been paying the bank in full on time, yes? >> yes. every honesmonth. >> so what was your father telling the bank when they were call to go get the 30 some thousand dollars? >> he was telling them he just
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came out of retirement to make these payments, he had retired just previously to chris' injury. and just before christopher's death, he had to return to work. my mother works. i was working. and my father had to explain to them this is a really, really grave situation. we were not sure if he's going to live through the night. and you're asking to speak with him. just please look at the paperwork we gave you, if one of your departments has the paperwork and you haven't seen it yet, you need to get your story straight before you contact the customer in this type of situation. >> because in this situation, the 30 some thousand dollars that your father is co-signer on this loan ultimately owed the bank, your father was saying my son has passed, we would like to not have to pay the rest of the money just so i'm clear. >> the wording in our paperwork was very unclear, which led us to when they called, we didn't
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really know what to say. we were just saying this is our situation. what are our options. and their response was we never received a call like this before and we don't have a policy for this. so your options are repayment, you can't claim bankruptcy because student loans don't go anywhere in bankruptcy. so what option did we have but to repay. >> let me jump in because i want to make clear we reached out to key bank. they said first and foremost, we are sorry for the tragic loss of chris forever. going forward, we will evaluate any similar situation involving a deceased student and we sincerely hope there are none. so they have for given the loan, but it took a lot for them to change their tune. >> i was contacted early last
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week by change.org which was also the online possession organization that got bank of america to stop charging the $5 a month for debit card use, if i'm not mistaken. and they offered to help me start and online petition to help my cause. and they reached out to me. i got the appraoval through my mother and mattfather and we h # 80,000 signatures in pour dfour. nd every time someone signs that petition, it sends an e-mail. >> ryan i appreciate you telling your story.d every time someone petition, it sends an e-mail. >> ryan i appreciate you telling your story. every time someone petition, it sends an e-mail. >> ryan i appreciate you telling your story.every time someone s petition, it sends an e-mail. >> ryan i appreciate you telling your story. perhaps this will raise awareness for folks who have student loans from private
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entities that this is something you have to be aware of. thank you. >> and if you could mention christopher's law has been introduced to address the ambiguity in this. >> so the raising awareness point, we're on it and we'll wait and see if and when it's passed. thank you. still ahead, u.s. on alert for so-called body bombs and the feds are concerned terrorists could be targeting planes. steam meal so tasty. actually, the milk from my farm makes it so creamy, right dad. dad can see... boys! don't you think stouffer's steam perfect bag should get some credit? my carrots. my milk. [ female announcer ] new from stouffer's. farmers' harvest steam meals taste so good we'll bet the farm on it. i have a great fit with my dentures. i love kiwis. i've always had that issue with the seeds getting under my denture. super poligrip free -- it creates a seal of the dentures in my mouth.
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